The Guardian Appoints First Female Editor


While most reports on women in the workplace can make a gal with bills to pay despair on a daily basis – the pay gap isn’t going anywhere, folks – sometimes a piece of news flashes across our social media feeds that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. As if all will be well, in the professional sense.

Friday evening, as everyone was getting ready for the commute home, it was announced that Katharine Viner had been appointed as the editor-in-chief of the Guardian.

Viner is the first woman to hold the role in the publication’s 194-year history, and not only were the newspaper’s board in her favour, but a staff ballot held earlier this month saw here as the workers’ favourite. Viner has been with the paper since 1997 and began her career with Cosmopolitan magazine. Her track record of one of exemplary behaviour

Speaking about her new and prestigious title, Viner said, “Being editor-in-chief of the Guardian and Observer is an enormous privilege and responsibility, leading a first-class team of journalists revered around the world for outstanding reporting, independent thinking, incisive analysis and digital innovation.”

That noise you hear? Thousands of women around the world, slogging away in the tough and competitive world of media, breathing a collective sigh of relief. All together now: we’re going to make it after all. In a world where communication is changing on a daily basis, there is something incredibly inspiring to see a woman in charge of one of the most reputable news sources in the world.

We like to think that Nellie Bly, the crusading Victorian era journalist who faked mental illness to have herself confined to an asylum in a bid to expose the shocking conditions, is looking down on us all with a satisfied smile.


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